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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

Climate protection

We pursue an integrated climate strategy, which means focusing not only on the risks that climate change poses for us and our stakeholders, but also on the opportunities it presents. By 2030, ICT img products and services will have the potential to save up to ten times as much in CO2 emissions in other industries as the ICT sector itself generates (according to the GeSI img SMARTer2030 study). This creates an opportunity to save 20 percent of global CO2 emissions in 2030 and to keep worldwide emissions at 2015 levels with simultaneous economic growth. The additional revenue potential here amounts to 6.5 trillion U.S. dollars, 2.trillion U.S. dollars of which is for the ICT industry alone. Furthermore, ICT solutions can save a total of 4.9 trillion U.S. dollars in costs. To give a specific example: The broadband rollout in Germany has the potential to save an aggregate amount of 19 million metric tons of CO2 between 2012 and 2020. What’s more, the economic momentum triggered by rolling out broadband can create an aggregate number of 162,000 new jobs and increase GDP by 47 billion euros between 2015 and 2020. We are supporting this trend by evaluating our product portfolio to identify sustainability benefits. In addition, we want to continuously improve the ratio of the emissions that our products and services save to those generated by our own value chain. In 2018, for example, we saved 85 percent more emissions in Germany than we produced.

Among the risks that climate change harbors, meteorological extremes are one we are already experiencing. This is having a direct effect on our stakeholders, e.g. our customers, suppliers, and employees. The risk is assessed in relation to the continuation of operations as part of risk management and is managed at an operational level in the business units. We can take further preventive action in this area by also reducing our own CO2 emissions, which is one of the reasons we set ourselves the goal of achieving a 20 percent reduction in our Group-wide emissions – leaving aside our United States operating segment – by 2020 (baseline: 2008). Climate protection also carries financial risks, whether from the introduction of a levy on CO2 emissions or an increase in energy costs. The measures we are taking to counter these risks include measuring our own energy efficiency and finding ways to improve it. In addition, we are developing a new Group climate goal based on the Science-Based Target for the period after 2020, which is set to be adopted in 2019. Furthermore, in 2018, four of our subsidiaries (Magyar Telekom in Hungary, OTE in Greece, T-Mobile Netherlands, and Telekom Albania) covered 100 percent of their electricity requirements with renewable energy, while a further four (T-Mobile Austria, T-Systems Austria, Hrvatski Telekom and T-Systems Netherlands) almost met this target, thus reducing climate risks. As a member of the Renewable Energy 100, T-Mobile US has already undertaken to cover 100 percent of its electricity requirement with renewable energy from 2021.